Worldbuilding is such an important part of writing. I went to this panel for that reason and plan to go back review the other one offered when I don’t have Zoom fatigue.
The authors on this panel are known for their worldbuilding. Lisa McMann famous for her work on the Unwanteds Universe. Namina Forna best known for her book The Guilded Ones, the first part of a trilogy. and James Ponti, bestselling author of many books but currently working on the City Spies.
Moderator: How and why do you choose the settings?
James: I think about it like TV. Transportation and getting places without adults
Namina: I knew it was going to be set in an African world because I knew I would use my childhood in Benin as a jumping-off point.
Lisa: Environments and experiences.
James also recommended to start a story bible to keep up with all your worlds rules.
Moderator: Would you like to live your world or any other.
Namina: Any world by Holly Black but get out before things get serious because she’s worried she might die.
James; From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basel E. Frankweiler, because who wouldn’t want to spend the night in the library.
At the end of the panel, they just had some general advice. Namina pointed out the importance of research because you never know where information will come from.
James pointed out some cool fact he learned from researching with real spies. Like they play Assassin on board a ship before its commissioned.
Lisa pointed out the importance of using something you are familiar with as a jumping off point.
Finally they all agree that the world serves the story, it should help push your story along and that logic within your story matters and that you should always follow your own logic. Finally don’t overcomplicate the world you build.